It's almost a bridge-burning press release - I'm sure the Tigers are ticked off, but I'm surprised that they decided to go so public --
The Detroit Tigers have made a substantial, long-term contract extension offer to Max Scherzer that would have placed him among the highest paid pitchers in baseball, and the offer was rejected.
As we have reiterated, it has been the organization's intent to extend Max's contract and keep him in a Tigers uniform well beyond the 2014 season.
While this offer would have accomplished that, the ballclub's focus remains on the start of the upcoming season, and competing for a World Championship. Moving forward there will be no further in-season negotiation and the organization will refrain from commenting on this matter.
Any way you slice it, though, this is good news for the Cubs. At least 1 ace-level starter will be on the market next offseason - this press release makes it seem that the relationship with Scherzer is a little acrimonious right now - and the Cubs should be shoppers.
(By "should", I mean "they would be smart to do this", not "I believe this is going to happen". I do think it's more likely than not that the Cubs make a $20MM+ offer to a starter in the next 2 years - but it's time for Theo and Jed to actually land one of the big fish they've been chasing.)